Bethlehem to use for $1.5M to help Goodman Furnishings constructing rehabilitation

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Bethlehem Metropolis Council authorized a decision Tuesday night time to use for $1.5 million in funds for the rehabilitation of the previous Goodman Furnishings constructing.

Council is searching for the funding from the Redevelopment Help Capital Program, which is a Pennsylvania grant program for building initiatives exceeding $1 million.

Councilwoman Hillary Kwiatek confirmed to the general public that the vote is a formality when making use of for an RACP grant, and that the town acts as an “administrative pass-through” with no legal responsibility for the grants.

Collaboration 3 LLC, which consists of Alloy 5 Structure and D’Huy Engineering, is working to redevelop the previous Goodman Furnishings constructing right into a mixed-use venture.

In 2017, Bethlehem’s then-Mayor Bob Donchez highlighted the town’s intent to rehabilitate the constructing at 30-32 E. Third St. in South Bethlehem, after being named the conservator of the property.

Council President Michael Colon acknowledged the lengthy processes that had been wanted to determine funding, and that the Goodman constructing had been on the town’s radar for a few years.

“That is undoubtedly a very good venture to see rehabilitated,” Colon stated, “and will likely be an incredible addition to that a part of city.”

Bethlehem’s Deputy Director of Financial Growth Alicia Miller Karner defined that RACP funds are requested by native legislators to place ahead initiatives, with conversations going down between the principals to fund the venture.

As soon as this occurs, the native municipality — on this case, the Metropolis of Bethlehem — turns into a pass-through to assist finalize the marketing strategy to an extent and to collectively submit the venture.

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The town has been assured by Collaboration 3 LLC that the corporate will “assume the complete native share of the venture prices” in extra of the $1.5 million grant and duty for the continuing working and upkeep prices, in accordance with the decision.

Many initiatives have obtained RACP grant funding in Bethlehem all through the years, together with the ArtsQuest Heart, Historic Bethlehem Museums and Websites, and even metropolis parking services.

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Wednesday night time is the final alternative for residents to supply enter on the proposed pedestrian bridge building to hyperlink the north and south sides of the town.

The ultimate neighborhood assembly is digital and begins at 6 p.m. Particulars and the Zoom hyperlink can be found on the Bridge Bethlehem web site.